How a Mortgage Broker is Paid, Melbourne

How a Mortgage Broker is Paid?

How a Mortgage broker is Paid?  This is a really good question we are asked all the time, even from friends and family.  It’s a very important question and one that needs to answered very early in the conversation.

When a mortgage broker submits an application to a lender and the application settles, the lender will pay a commission based on the size of the loan to the aggregator/mortgage broker.

What is An Aggregator?

An aggregator is a separate company to a lender and a broker, the aggregator is the one which enters into an enterprise agreement with the banks/lenders.  The aggregator and the banks/lenders negotiate the terms and commission payable.

The aggregator then enters the market place to find mortgage brokers to operate under it model and enters into separate enterprise agreements with the broker.

The aggregator is the one who pays the mortgage broker after it has deducted its fees from the commission payment received from the bank/lender.

The aggregator and mortgage broker receives two commissions, the first one is called an Upfront Commission and is paid by the bank/lender after the loan has settled.  It normally takes between 4–6 weeks from settlement for the mortgage broker to receive its upfront commission payment.

The Commission

The second one is called a Trail Commission and payment follows the process as the Upfront Commission.  The bank/lender pays the aggregator, the aggregator deducts its fees and pay the rest to the mortgage broker.

This commission is very tiny percentage and is paid based on the amortizing loan balance.

You, the client, are not paying a higher interest rate and or any additional fees by using a mortgage broker.  When it comes to the interest rate, fees and charge being charge by the lender to you for the home loan you have applied for.

Most mortgage brokers operate their own business independently and, as they see fit, some charge their clients fees and some don’t.  If the mortgage broker is going to charge its client a fee, then they must provide the client with a Credit Guide before they have conducted any business with that client.  A copy of our Credit Guide can be found on our website

Once the mortgage broker has deemed it can assist the client, the mortgage broker must provide the client a Credit Quote which will outline all fees being charged by the broker.

The client then can decide whether or not to proceed with the mortgage broker or not.

As a mortgage broker, we are also required to disclose to our client all commissions, bonuses and if any referral fees are being paid to the broker by arranging finance for you.  This is disclosed through a Credit Proposal Disclosure Document which will clearly outline all commission, bonuses and if any referral fees are being paid.

Declan Hanratty – Managing Director

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